Myopic Loss Aversion and the Equity Premium Puzzle

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‘Myopic Loss Aversion and the Equity Premium Puzzle’. Richard Thaler and Shlomo benartzi, two of the foremost experts on behavioral finance put out a paper many years ago (and updated it) on this topic. I have never seen this one before and it gets into really interesting aspects regarding behavioral finance. Thetopic is as follows (as per the authors):

“The equity premium puzzle refers to the empirical fact that stocks have outperformed bonds over the last century by a surprisingly large margin. We offer a new explanation based on two behavioral concepts. First, investors are assumed to be “loss averse,” meaning that they are distinctly more sensitive to losses than to gains. Second, even long-term investors are assumed to evaluate their portfolios frequently. We dub this combination “myopic loss aversion.” Using simulations, we find that the size of the equity premium is consistent with the previously estimated parameters of prospect theory if investors evaluate their portfolios annually.”

H/T ElliotTurn

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